Six Stones Cheyenne Community Endowment

Honoring the life and legacy of Barbara Braided Hair, beloved wife and mother, through grants to benefit the Cheyenne community

In Loving Memory

Barbara Braided Hair

Motse’eoehnehe’e “Sweet Medicine Woman” Taa'eveohtse'e "Walks at Night Woman"

April 28, 1964 – July 10, 2019

Barbara was beloved mother to her children Vanessa, Jessica, and Otto III and wife to husband, Otto. She was also blessed with three grandsons Donald Bishop, Brave Bull Spang, & Roan Nicholas Braided Hair whom she cherished immensely. She dedicated over 25 years to First Interstate Bank as the Branch Manager in Lame Deer and was seen as a pillar in her community. She carried an energy that caught your attention and an inviting smile that pulled you in. She was such a gentle spirit and beautiful human being. Her life’s work was nothing short of amazing and it will continue, through the teachings she instilled in her children, organizations she built, friendships she fostered, and lives she touched.

Read more about Barbara.

Support Six Stones Cheyenne Community Endowment

Community Impact

Grants from the fund support the Cheyenne community with a focus on the following areas:

  • Language preservation activities
  • Financial literacy
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Preserving and encouraging the practice of female traditional values
  • Education and training support
  • Sobriety gatherings
  • Travel assistance for Cheyenne oncology patients
  • Youth clean-up programs
  • Volunteerism
  • Fire Corps
  • Culinary arts
  • Arts and crafts

How to Give to the Fund

  • Mail checks to:
    Montana Community Foundation
    FBO Six Stones Cheyenne Community Endowment
    PO Box 1145
    Helena, MT 59624
  • Give online.
  • If you'd like to reduce your Montana income taxes, contact us about making a planned gift.

About Six Stones

Six Stones references a popular swimming hole on the Tongue River near Birney, Montana where the ground rises above the water, creating a small beach, and where Barbara made many fond childhood memories. The fund name represents Barbara’s ability to always rise to the occasion, even amid challenges, to take care of others, and lead by example.